Scotney Castle

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looking Through a Window

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looking Through a Window

A sepia toned photograph of a window taken at Bateman's House

A sepia toned photograph of a window taken at Bateman’s House

I just can’t believe it has been a whole week since Cee’s last black and white photo challenge.. my god where does the time go? Anyway, Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looking Through a Window is the theme for this week’s challenge.

For this challenge I decided to do two photographs.. the photograph above is looking through a window at Bateman’s House in East Sussex  looking out towards the gardens.

A photograph of one of the old windows at Old Scotney Castle

A photograph of one of the old windows at Old Scotney Castle

And the second photograph is one of a window that is now part of the old ruins of the Old Castle, at Scotney Castle, near Lamberhurst in Kent. I just love how the outside is now creeping in embracing the wooden frame of the old window.

Many thanks to Cee for hosting these challenges it is greatly appreciated.

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Posted by Bren in Monochrome, Photography, Photography Challenge, 2 comments
Scotney Castle – Old Ruins

Scotney Castle – Old Ruins

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Scotney Castle is about three-quarters of an hour’s drive from us… and it is one of our favourite places to visit… You can stroll around the moat of the old castle…and this photograph was taken from across the moat looking back at the old ruins…

Posted by Bren in Architecture, Landscape, Photography, 6 comments
Scotney Castle – Main House

Scotney Castle – Main House

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

This will be my third re-work of this picture … of Scotney Castle’s main house.  What I like about the above picture is how the increased clarity and reduction in exposure creates a haunted look to this fine house.

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Blue Rose

Blue Rose

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

The above photograph was one taken when we first started into our photography journey…. so much has gone on in the last few months that our photography has had to take the back burner… and boy have I missed getting out and about.  But no fear… I will be back out with that camera pretty soon.

To achieve the effect I wanted, I cropped the photo and turned it into a monochrome photograph.  I liked the bud of the rose and that is what I wanted to focus on… however once I turned it into black and white.. I then added a graduated filter to the photograph and gave that filter a hint of blue.  After that I then added some radial filters to highlight the certain parts of the bud.

I hope you like it and I hope you all had a great Christmas and may I wish you all a Happy New Year xx

Posted by Bren in Floral, Monochrome, Photography, 0 comments
Old Scotney Castle…

Old Scotney Castle…

Taken by Ashley Ryan

Taken by Ashley Ryan

 

I was trawling through our massive catalogue of photos in Lightroom and came across the above picture, which was one of the very first set of photographs we took back in 2012.  That is before we realised that it was best to shoot in RAW and to be perfectly honest we didn’t know a bloody thing… except how to set our cameras to Auto and let the camera do the work.  Now over 3 years later… AUTO never gets used… it is a redundant feature on our camera.

I still love the photograph above…  I played around in both Lightroom (twice) and Photoshop, trying something new all the time… this time Photo Filters… I added a warming filter to the original filter, changed the blend mode and lowered the opacity.

I don’t know about you but I do going through old photos and Scotney Castle is one our favourite places to visit.

Posted by Bren in Architecture, Landscape, Photography, 6 comments
Stone Arch

Stone Arch

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

Scotney Castle is one of our favourite places to visit.  There is the main house and down into the valley stands the old castle of Scotney.  As you stroll around where the old castle stands you come across this stone arch.  I just love how weathered it looks and this was a photograph taken back when we first started our photography journey… and was taken on a Panasonic Lumix FZ-48.

However the photograph did have its faults and one of those being the angle of where I shot it from left a trail of fine branches right across the picture… But lo and behold Photoshop did a perfect job of removing them..  I decided to monochrome this picture as I felt it added character to the stonework.  Have a good weekend everyone xx

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Scotney Old Castle

Scotney Old Castle

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

For a little while I have been having problems, with textures in Photoshop… every time I went to use the Soft Light, Overlay modes… nothing seemed to happen… the texture did not appear. In fact I was getting rather frustrated with it… and every time I placed a texture I would have like a symbol in the corner of the layers palette on the actual texture.

For the life of me I couldn’t work out what was wrong… until I read an article the other day (and now I can’t find that) about one of the check boxes in the Preferences tab under General

Preferences

And what this article said was to uncheck the ‘Always create smart objects when placing’.  Well I unchecked it and today I decided to try again with textures… and lo and behold it worked… once I unchecked that box… the little symbol in the layers palette on the texture itself disappeared and the blending modes started to work correctly.

Anyway the picture above is of Scotney Castle and was taken back in March this year.  We love Scotney Castle and have visited there 5 times.. it is a wonderful place to visit… and I am sure we will try to get back there during the autumn/winter months to capture the autumn tones  and hopefully some snow on the ground.

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Pinky peach rose

Pinky peach rose

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken at Scotney Castle back in August 2012.

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Stone Arch

Stone Arch

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Photographer: Bren Ryan
Location: Scotney Castle, Kent
Date: 7th April 2012
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ-48
Lens: n/a
Aperture: f/3.3
Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 13.2 mm
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Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle

Photographer: Ashley Ryan
Location: Scotney Castle
Date: 1st August 2012
Camera: Canon EOS 600D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.-5.6 IS II
Aperture: f/9
Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 55 mm
Posted by Bren in Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, 0 comments